Tuesday, April 17, 2012
A favorite (and most asked about) bulletin board in my classroom is my Homeworkopoly board. It is a simple game to play as a reward for students turning in homework. Some assignments in my class are due nightly (like our Envisions "Daily Spiral Review") and some are turned in only once a week on Thursday (spelling "Tic-Tac-Toe" and math "Keeping Skills Sharp"). Students in my room never know when I will announce we will be playing Homeworkopoly - this way, they have to make sure it is always turned in on time. On the days I decide to play, I call up the students that have their homework turned in and they get to roll one (or two) dice and move around the game board. Each student has a giant thumb tack that I bought at Staples as their game piece. I numbered the thumb tacks with permanent marker to correlate with each assigned student number.
Special Spots on the game board:
Choose a "Chance Card" from the deck. These cards might say something like "Free Homework Pass" or "Choose a Prize from the Treasure Chest"
Community Lunchbox -
These cards are a lot like the Chance cards. Choose one from the deck and you receive whatever prize it says!
Mystery Prize -
Choose a prize from the Treasure Chest!
Brain Binder -
I usually give them a puzzle (crossword, word search, etc.)
Game Spot -
Choose a game to play with a friend.
Free Homework -
The student receives a Free Homework Pass.
Take a Seat on the Bus -
Sit in someone else's desk for the day!
You automatically get to move to Free Homework!
On the Bus - Just Visiting
Sit in a "fun" chair for the rest of the day!
You can be the class Librarian for the week!
You can find homeworkopoly to download in your classroom below. Mrs. Van Dyke also has more information on her website about how she uses Homeworkopoly in her classroom if you'd like to check it out.